Trip to Montreal Just what Doctor Ordered? Bruins Must Unite
Analysis by BruinsUnite
As Lucic remarked, “there’s only one way to overcome this 2-0 loss and that’s for the Bruins to unite”
“We’re going to have to unite as a team here, and do it together.” (Video)
But there’s another component missing here: Focus. No fan who knows this team well really doubts that they’re hungry to go further, and some are even hungry for the ultimate prize. But that goal seems so distant right now that the focus must be on the here and now: Game 3.
What keeps a Bruins from plunging into misery right now is the insight that 2 separate commentators contributed this week on The Sports Hub (98.5 Boston). They remarked that a trip to Montreal is just what the Bruins need right now and that the Bruins went into Game 1 with a little too much uninformed confidence; overconfidence makes you gutsy and sloppy. Maybe a taste of the Bell Center is just what the doctor ordered.
Obvious retort: The Bruins haven’t won a game in Montreal in a long time.
Obvious reply: This is the playoffs and an entirely different set of rules apply.
Maybe the Bruins will suddenly start playing like themselves again.
Maybe they’ll stick to short passes, realizing that long passes get intercepted (hear that, Julien?) and score another goal– recall the short-pass goal from Marchand to Bergeron in the last game.
Maybe Lucic will start playing like a professional athlete again.
Maybe Thomas will act like the Vezina winner he is, and begin to control his rebounds.
Maybe they’ll stop turning the puck over and taking unnecessary penalties.
All this doesn’t seem like much to ask, and if it’s what we get from the Bruins, this will suddenly become a 2-1 series and those numbers ain’t bad. A one win difference will calm everyone down from their current state of panic.
Posted on April 18, 2011, in Boston Bruins News, Brad Marchand, Bruins Analysis, Claude Julien, Habs, Milan Lucic, Montreal, NHL Analysis, Opinion, Players, Playoffs, Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.